The moonshine is always flowing at P'cheen. Bartenders at this local bistro create seasonal cocktails from a selection of 10 or more moonshines, with flavors that include cherry, apple pie, and black tea. They also serve a full list of classic cocktails, such as the speakeasy old fashioned?a mix of bourbon, angostura + orange bitters?and craft beers. In the kitchen, chef Alex prepares a menu of international fusion dishes that complement the throwback libations. His specialties change with the season, since he sources many of his ingredients locally, but may include gazpacho made with local veggies, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and braised short ribs. Brunch is a favorite among regulars, with bottomless mimosas and a good mix of breakfast and lunch foods.
Crescent Avenue in Atlanta’s Midtown is a great little row of restaurants and bars, with a full range of options from Irish pubs to upscale seafood. On the most casual end of the scale is a Florida beach-themed spot called Flip Flops. There is a pizza kitchen offering pies or pretzels, but it’s best to show up at Flip Flops later in the evening for drinks with friends instead. If Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (the song or the restaurant) puts a smile on your face, then you will feel right at home at Flip Flops, with its tiki island décor and patio seating. There’s ample space to meet up with friends for a drink before heading to one of the destination restaurants on Crescent Avenue, but beware: Flip Flops does have a serious frat party reunion vibe. Just go with the flow and you should have a great time.
Executive Chef Scott Barrows waits to post specials at Devon Seafood Grill until he has spotted the best choices from the day's catch, ensuring his dishes are packed with the freshest, most flavorful seafood available. Past plates on Devon's robust menu have included jumbo lump crab cakes, coconut-green-curry mussels, and char-crusted ahi tuna, which can be paired with signature cocktails and fine wines from a collection on display in the dining area. Barrows and his staff welcome diners into this sophisticated two-level restaurant decorated with modern art that is splashed by warm lighting and the wake made by beluga whales arriving for dinner.
Nabbing the top spot in Jezebel Magazine?s Best of 2013 contest for best night club, Opera Nightclub presents old-fashioned red-curtain glamour. After cracking the dress code, VIPs can romp freely through all areas under the club?s 100-foot ceilings, including a VIP-only upstairs area with cozy private nooks. Cash in two drink tickets for a beer or a cocktail to delicately balance while finally perfecting the Super Bowl Shuffle, or take in the deck?s panoramic view of the city and its galactic ceiling. Opera?s crowd-charming DJs spin top 40 hits alongside genre-specific jams, catering to hip-hop hankerings and salsa appetites alike.
When Bill Leanos opened the first of four Olde Towne eateries in 1996, he was following a century-old family tradition—which might explain the success of his sports-themed, family-friendly bar and grills. His restaurant-industry knowhow extends to the extensive menu at each location, as each menu is packed with American-pub favorites, such as Cajun-chicken nachos, black-and-blue burgers, and jumbo-sized fried chicken wings. Specialty pizzas, plus wood-fire grilled steaks, chicken, and seafood add more variety for guests to pair with draft beers and specialty cocktails. These eats and libations can sate any guest, whether the guest comes in just for a bite, to watch a game on one of the dozens of LED TVs, or to brave open-mic night. Each of the four locations showcases an upscale sports-bar aesthetic from exposed brick, wood accents, streetlamp-flecked walls, and cushioned booths as big as Sylvester Stallone’s three weight rooms combined.
Eleventh Street Pub may be “midtown Atlanta’s favorite neighborhood pub,” and it achieves a remarkably friendly, comfortable vibe, which is especially surprising because it is in the middle of town, adjacent to a hotel. Located on the corner of 11th Street and Peachtree, large front windows, light wood paneling and a sturdy wooden bar make patrons feel like they never left their neighborhood. The bar offers traditional pub fare, including mozzarella sticks, burgers and chicken tenders, as well as almost a dozen beers on tap and many others in bottles. Thursday nights are trivia nights and provide a great opportunity to make new friends. The establishment is two floors and still allows smoking.